Democrats Make A Play To Win Over Seniors, Long A Base For GOP

by | Sep 4, 2022 | Politics

PHOENIX — Democrats in key races around the country are making an aggressive push for older voters, a key bloc in lower-turnout midterm elections, citing both their own work to lower prescription drug costs and hammering the GOP for suggesting changes to Social Security.The push, if successful, will be a key part of Democrats’ ongoing electoral comeback, providing an example of both how the party in power’s congressional successes and the GOP’s ideological excesses have altered the political narrative ahead of November. AdvertisementHere in retiree-rich Arizona, Sen. Mark Kelly is campaigning relentlessly on the provisions aimed at lowering prescription drugs in the Inflation Reduction Act while Democratic groups pound his opponent, venture capitalist Blake Masters, with attack ads noting the Republican’s support for the privatization of Social Security — something Masters is now backing away from.“It’s going to have such a positive impact on seniors’ lives, to finally, after decades, get to the point where Medicare can negotiate the cost of prescription drugs,” Kelly told reporters after a roundtable with the AARP and seniors during Congress’ summer recess. “We finally fixed it. So it’s a big deal.” In midterm elections, when less dedicated younger voters often skip casting their ballots, seniors are the dominant voting bloc. During the last midterm election in 2018, voters over 50 made up a full three-fifths of the electorate, according to the Pew Research Center. And in 2014, when turnout plummeted across the country, they made up nearly two-thirds of all voters. Both times, they leaned toward the GOP, though Democrats’ success in limiting the Republican advantage in 2018 was a key reason the party was able to take back the House instead of suffering one of the worst midterm defeats in their centuries-long history, as they did in 2014. AdvertisementSurveys now indicate an environment in between those two poles: A Quinnipiac University poll, released Wednesday, found the GOP with a 51% to 43% advantage among those over 65, and with the two parties tied at 47% among voters age 50 to age 64. An AARP survey, released earlier this summer and conducted by a bipartisan duo of pollsters, found roughly three-fifths of the persuadable voters in the country were over the age of 50. Seniors have long tended to lead toward the more conservative and change-resistant GOP, though Republicans’ advantage has faded somewhat as the comparatively liberal baby boom generation enters their golden years.“The party has a real opportunity to continue the gains President Joe Biden made w …

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